Default route

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Jun 2nd, 2008

how default route works

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zanub Mon, 06/02/2008 - 01:50

literally gateway of last resort..if router does not have a route to the destination network, then uses default route.

Rick Morris Mon, 06/02/2008 - 07:17

There is default route, default gateway, or default network.

Each works off of the "default" premise.

Default literally means last resort or preferred.

When you are routing traffic the administrator tells where to send the traffic.

For instance.

I want traffic coming from network to go out a connection at another location, say home office with an IP address of we would put in a static route that looks like this:

ip route

This tells the router to send all traffic from network to our next destination of, you could use the exit interface too if you wanted, Serial0/0.

The default route looks like this:

ip route


ip route Serial0/0 (or any exit interface)

This says, if you don't match anything else use this route to send my traffic.


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